John Ridley Book


Academy Award-winning screenwriter, director, novelist, playwright and showrunner whose credits include 12 Years A Slave, Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992, “American Crime,” and Jimi: All Is By My Side. His latest film, Needle In a Timestack, which he wrote and directed and stars Leslie Odom Jr., Cynthia Erivo, Freida Pinto, and Orlando Bloom, will be released by Lionsgate on October 15. He is currently in production on “Five Days at Memorial,” a limited series for Apple TV+ based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink.  Ridley and Carlton Cuse both serve as showrunners, writers, executive producers, and directors on the series, which chronicles the first five days in a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. The Other History of the DC Universe, a graphic miniseries he wrote for DC Comics, launched in November 2020 to critical acclaim.  Ridley is also currently writing a new Batman series for DC Comics and a Black Panther series for Marvel. In the fall of 2018 Ridley opened NO Studios, a space for the arts and community, in his hometown of Milwaukee.